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Socks

My first pair of socks, made two years ago. Pattern was basic sock pattern in Knit It magazine, the yarn was Reggia sock yarn. This is what got me hooked on socks.

Also attached are pictures of the same pattern in purple Sockotta and Spiral Ribbed socks in grey varigated Reggia.

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Blocking

I am looking for information about what MWK members do when finishing a knitted garment  Do people block with pins and steam or only steam the loose pieces?  Which garments would be blocked/steamed and which would not?  How does one make the determination?  Do people block to straighten the pieces so they match or to plump-up the stitches to even out the surface of the fabric and even-out the stitches?  The literature gives differing opinions on the need for blocking so I'm curious to know the experiences and opinions of others in our little knitting communit

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My sock yarn

The sock yarn i bought today is called  Sockotta,  its from plymouth their italian collection.  its 45%cotton, 40% superwash wool and 15% nylon.  It looks like colored kite string not yarn.  Ive hear comments of socks knitting up quickly.  Right,  its going to take weeks to make a pair of socks.  I hope there is enough. I got 414 yards.  looks to be enough.  the swatch looks great, the colors are wonderful.  I hope the socks look as good.

Casting On

I learned to cast on using the long tail method (needle through loop on left thumb, wrap yarn, lift loop over needle), however I've never cared for the edge it creates on a ribbed piece such as a hat, sock or cuff.  I've spent some time trying to learn other methods of casting on but haven't found any good discussion of when to choose which one, and none of my swatches seems clearly superior to the others.  Which method do you prefer for a visible ribbed edge that is stretchy but not too loose and has a nice appearance and feel.  Or is the secret not in the method of casting on but rather in using a different size needle or in working the first round a certain way?

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socks oh boy

My addi turbos arrived today, so i started my make socks on two circular needles.  It is very interesting working on the leg now.  cant wait to try them on and show them.   I sure like these addis,  the pliable cable for sure.  very slick, i drop alot of stitches,  they will take some getting use too.  ive been using bamboo for so long.  although i did like the bamboo i didnt like the cable, it was all coiled up even with steam they didnt relax that much.  Any way im using caron simply soft for the socks,  Is this the right type of yarn fo

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Aviator Beanies - Double Moss Stitch

I decided to jump feet-first into the hat knitting-frenzy after being inspired by all the beautiful hats I've seen on MWK recently.  Aaron (AMBush) gets the prize for the most prolific hat knitter!  I've knitted very few hats but I thought I could use some immediate gratification after the jerseys.

These two hats are from the Patons Book 1213 and is the Aviator Beanie done with Inca wool in the double moss stitch.  It knits up very quickly and is very attractive.  The wool is beautiful and soft.  I'd never done this style of hat so it was a learning experience to make the 2 ear flaps and then join them before knitting the hat itself.  I enjoyed these projects.

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Ice Princess Hat

Made this for a friend to fight the chicago winter. Pattern is from one of the Stitch & Bitch books, but we changed the color scheme and took off the odd pointy bit. Worked it from bottom up instead of top down.

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howdy

well, it took me long enough to get about posting something.  this is just a brief intro and "howdy".  i found the website after a google search and thought i'd sign up.  i'm an intermittant knitter that started about 5 months ago to stop smoking.  it's helped a little but i can't knit and drive at the same time so........

i get most of my knitting done at work while i'm waiting on a reaction to incubate or while i'm on my lunch/dinner break. 

current WIP: one of those Doctor-Who style scarves.   i had some ambitions for this thing but the yarn is this acrylicy stuff (*first time i've used a 100% synthetic) that i've developed a love-hate relationship with.  it is squeaky and seems to bite the needles.....and it is soooo slow.  i ditched the idea of doing the scarf in a honeycomb pattern and went with a simple garter stitch.  the yarn is pretty, tho.  and cheap (*$1.87/skein).   at the rate i'm going, it'll be finished by mid summer (*gawd, i hope i'm just kidding!*)

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The New "Guy"

I just found this site from the MenKnit.Net web site and knew I had to join. I have been knitting, on and off, for nearly 20 years.

I love the camaraderie of knitters. The knitting circles of my LYS was always one of the things I liked best about being a knitter. I am a member of the Buffalo Knitters Guild, the only man of course, so all the ladies love having me in the group. But it is nice to be with a grou of guys who are knitters.

My latest knitting obssesion are the scarves from the Harry Potter movies. I've made them all and they are my mindless-while-I-watch-television-knitting projects.

Baby blanket

This was made by 18 faculty & staff at the school where I work. It was auctioned at the Benefit to raise $ for the scholarship fund. It went for $1000.
Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino
pattern used from Vogue 'Knitting on the Go' series.
It was my idea to do this & I'm now thinking of what to do for next year.

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